It had been simmering for years. And then, it went up, up, mounted in pressure as it is not allowed … and it had to explode. Boom! Everything overflowed; The displacement, the design, the regulations, the ideas. The revolution will not come with the 999 but with the one that replaces it.
An upheaval. The liquid-cooled Desmoquattro twin had been stuck below 1000cc for a bunch of years. Yes, but here it is – as an increase in the authorized capacity for twins in SBK is expected very soon, Ducati takes the lead and inflates the mill: 100cc at once, by increasing the stroke. The boiler becomes a little less super square, certainly for the benefit of a more torquey character. A lot of surprises should accompany it, because it is a new boiler, with revised cylinder heads, smaller, with magnesium lids, larger valves (42 mm at the intake and 34 at the exhaust), a dose of diet to lose 3 kg, and the best for last: Hang on – 160 HORSES !
Never seen in a series twin. That’s 10 nags better than the 999 R, the most upscale version of the Bolognese sports car. The Superbike Usine version can easily exceed 200 hp and severely undermine the Japanese competition.
This small earthquake in the microscome of the twin sport had to be accompanied by a dress worthy of the event. The surprise is happy, fierce, racy, elegant, and will reconcile the Ducatists who had not really accepted the tortured design of the 999. Apart from its track record and its cutting-edge technical solutions, the 999 will not leave a stylistic mark as marked as the 916. The 1098 is giving itself more chances to take over from one of the most beautiful sports in history. Moreover, from certain angles, parts of the 1098 are reminiscent of the lines of the 916.
The mirrors seem to come from the Desmocedidi RR and the repatriated seat shell from the 999. There is even a little bit of the MV-Agusta F4S in the design of the taillights. Despite the headlights resembling those of the Triumph Daytona 675, the muzzle of the 1098 exudes its own personality without borrowing anything from the styling of the current Ducati production. A nervous, incisive whole, which continues with a fairing with less tortured forms than on the 999. Under the saddle, the 2 exhausts are back, just like the famous single-sided arm (strong sacrament).
Beautiful to see, the 1098 will also be detailed. Under the bubble, the counter block immediately transports you to the world of paddocks. an all-digital model identical to that of a racing model, and the equipment for the Desmocedici de MotoGP version 2007. Wait, stay ahead. It is not because all modern sports cars have radial braking that we should miss that of the 1098. It is also radial, but its calipers are of the same type as those used by the MotoGP machine. , or monobloc cast in aluminum. This very racing system clamps 330 mm diameter discs. What to open the asphalt with the front axle.
A Ducati is also and always a trellis frame. On the 1098, the tubes are bigger but the walls are thinner. This allows for more rigidity and less weight. Moreover, we also gained weight on the rims, on the engine, everywhere; and the 1098 proudly displays a featherweight of 173 kg. Unbelievable ! That’s 4 kg less than a 2007 R1; especially that a motorcycle with a twin, it is not considered light. Nice tour de force of engineers.
Will the 1098 succeed the fabulous 916 with panache? Why not, and certainly more than the 999. It paves the way for a new generation of machines, equipped with very large sporty twins (Ducat starts at 1098, but SBK regulations should allow 1200 – that leaves room). The design is beautiful, the potential largely frightening, the prices without commentary, and the name will be engraved as strong in the minds as in the marble of the track ?
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The technical aspect
Ducati 1098 2007
- Tank: 15.5 liters
- Height: 1,100 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,430 mm
- Dry weight: 173 kg
- Train before
- Final transmission by chain
- Rear axle
(104 x 64 mm)
at 9,750 rpm
at 8000 rpm